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Ars Acustica Group


In 2009 the Ars Acustica (AA) group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties already for the 5th time. This year the Ars Acustica is celebrating Art’s Birthday on January 16th - the evening before the birthday. Radio artists are involved by the members of the group to focus on the saying “Safe and Sound”. In a rapidly changing and increasingly unforeseeable world, safety has become a major concern on many levels of public and private life. The double meaning of the word sound as acoustic phenomenon and as synonym for good health points to the role of the aural sense and the voice as crucial devices of human self-perception.

The Ars Acustica Group has joined the international Art’s Birthday parties in 2004. Since then it organizes the contributed contents like most of the participants of the Art’s Birthday Network ( do - as "presents" for ART. Via ISDN-lines and/or the Internet the contributions are collected at two points, in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR), where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material.

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Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:20 ORF Kunstradio, Vienna - Live from Hainburg 
19:20 – 19:40 SK/SR, Bratislava - Live from Hainburg (Austria) 
19:40 – 20:00 CZCR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 
20:00 – 20:20 RTVSLO - Live from Ljubljana (Slovenia) 
20:20 – 20:40 RNE - Live from Madrid (Spain) 
20:40 – 21:00 Ward Weis - Live from Antwerp (Belgium)Website   
21:00 – 21:20 RTS - Live from Belgrade (Serbia) 
21:20 – 21:40 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
21:40 – 22:00 Radio Tilos, Budapest - Live from Hainburg (Austria)Website   
22:00 – 22:20 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
22:20 – 22:40 RTP - Live from Lisbon (Portugal) 
22:40 – 23:00 RTR - Live from Moscow (Russia)Website   

Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:10 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)Website   
19:10 – 19:30 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:30 – 19:50 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:50 – 20:10 - ERR - Live from Tallinn (Estonia)Website   
20:10 – 20:30 - GRF/SRF - Live from Paris (France) 
20:30 – 20:50 - PRT/PR- Live from Warsaw (Poland) 
20:50 – 21:10 - CR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 

21:10 – 21:30 - DKU - Live from Berlin (Germany)

Art’s Birthday 2009
Safe and Sound
Deutschlandradio Klangkunst live from Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin

Electronics, wireless headphones and choreography: Brandon LaBelle & BJ Nilsen

Producer: Marcus Gammel

The music will not be broadcast

Brandon LaBelle + Benny Nilsen

Working under the theme of Art's Birthday, the concept of "safe and sound" is explored through the form of a silent disco. Staged at the Maria am Ostbahnhof club in Berlin, The music will not be broadcast usurps the collective pleasures found on the dance floor as the beginning for an enlarged acoustical event where the comforting euphoria of collective mingling is contrasted with the embedded dangers dancing might come to represent. Presented through wireless headphones, an original electronic composition mixing experimental beats, musical samples and found sounds will be played, activating the rhythmical flow of movement as an occupation and contouring of the space. Complementing and intersecting with the headphone work, live amplifications of the event are incorporated back into the composition: locating microphones along the floor and throughout the space, the movements and interactions of the crowd are captured and amplified through a sound system located in the space to generate an additional sonic layer, allowing visitors to hear the sounds of their own dancing and interactions. In this way, a number of elements are put into play weaving together electronic music and the generative experience of dancing with material traces and architectural accents. The dance floor is underscored as a space of fragmentation and immersion while also representing the potential for disruption and excess. Extending this as a live radio broadcast, the work places the body on-air so as to occupy the private space of the listener.


Brandon LaBelle is an artist and writer working with sound and related cultural narratives. His installation work has been featured internationally, including the exhibitions and festivals Sampling Rage (1999) at Podewil Berlin, Sound as Media (2000) at ICC Tokyo, Bitstreams (2001) at the Whitney Museum New York, Pleasure of Language (2002) at the Netherlands Media Art Institute Amsterdam, Undercover (2003) at the Museum of Contempoary Art Roskilde, and as part of Tuned City (2008), a festival on sound and architecture, Berlin. In addition he presented a solo exhibition at Singuhr galerie in Berlin (2004), an experimental composition for pirate drummers at Virtual Territories, Nantes (2005), and his Prototypes for the Mobilization and Broadcast of Fugitive Sound was exhibited at the Enrico Fornello gallery, Prato, in 2007. His ongoing project to build a library of radio memories was presented at Radio Revolten, Halle, Germany in 2006 and at Casa Vecina, Mexico City, in 2008. He is the author of Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006) and co-editor of Radio Territories (Errant Bodies Press, 2007).

Benny Nilsen is a sound and recording artist focused primarily on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound. In addition, he has worked for documentary film, television and as a sound engineer. Nilsen regularly performs live around the world and in collaboration with Chris Watson, Stilluppsteypa, Fennesz, Hildur Gudnadottir, Johann Johannsson, Z’ev, Finnbogi Petursson, Darri Lorenzen, Ingolfur Arnarson, amongst others. Recent releases of his work include The Short Night, and Storm with Chris Watson (both on Touch Music), as well as Man From Deep River with Stilluppsteypa (on Editions Mego).

21:30 – 21:50 - RSR - Live from Lausanne (Switzerland) 
21:50 – 22:10 - SWR - Live from Baden-Baden (Germany) 
22:10 – 22:30 - RTBF - Live from Brussels (Belgium) 
22:30 – 22:55 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)